BBC One has commissioned So Television to make Billie Eilish: Up Close, a special featuring the music star in conversation with BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo.

The 45-minute film is directed by James Merryman, who shot on location in Billie’s home town of Los Angeles. Amfo will talk to Eilish about her latest album Happier Than Ever, her rise to fame, looking back at her success, the effect it has had on her life and her role as an inspiration for young people.

Billie Eilish: Up Close will broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 31 July, the day following the launch of the album. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer. Executive Producers are Graham Stuart and Andy Rowe and it is directed by James Merryman. It was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor for BBC Music.

In just three years, Eilish has gone from recording music in her bedroom to becoming one of the biggest music stars in the world. At 19 years old she has amassed many awards, including a second Record Of The Year Grammy win in March of this year.

The film will be accompanied by Radio 1 Live Lounge: Billie Eilish Special which will see Billie make her debut for the world-famous Radio 1 Live Lounge to perform a selection of tracks. This will be available to watch on Radio 1’s iPlayer channel from Saturday 31 July 11.15pm BST.

The performance will also be played in Radio 1’s Live Lounge show, hosted by Clara Amfo, on Thursday 5 August at 12pm BST which will include an exclusive cover that will be broadcast for the first time.

Jon Creamer

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